Hercules – Handel / Les Arts Florissants

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After sell-out performances of Les Paladins in Bite:04, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants return with Handel’s Hercules. Read More >

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This extraordinary opera recounts the tragic tale of a hero literally poisoned by the jealousy of his misguided wife. In this modern-dress production, punctuated by Greek references, the action takes place on a sand-covered, amphitheatre-style arena where the chorus are used as Handel originally intended, to embody the people of Trachis and comment on the action.

The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the most respected early music groups in Europe. Dedicated to the performance of Baroque music on original instruments, the ensemble was founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie. Together with the world-class director Luc Bondy, they have created a passionate and lively production that has already wowed audiences in France at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2004.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 15/03/2006

Closing Night: 18/03/2006

Running time: 3h25

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Cast & Creative


Director - Luc Bondy Orchestra & Chorus of Les Arts Florissants

Producer - A Festival d’Aix-en-Provence production, in co-production with Opéra National de Paris and Wiener Festwochen

Conductor - William Christie

Lighting Designer - Dominique Bruguière

Movement Director - Michel Kelemenis

Set Designer - Richard Peduzzi

Author - Handel

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